San Jose, California, Gets Its Own Symphony
San Jose, California, is no longer the largest American city without a symphony orchestra. That dubious distinction gave way in late November when Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley made its debut with the first of four single-night concerts in a brief season that pales by comparison with the now-defunct San Jose Symphony's ambitious programming. Still, it was music to the ears of classical aficionados who had mourned the passing of the bankrupted San Jose Symphony—before its demise, the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi. Maria Bianco, former chairwoman of the San Jose Symphony, contributed $80,000 in seed money to get the new organization off the ground. The budget for the four-concert series is $800,000. The new orchestra is operating under an umbrella organization run by the city’s popular ballet company.